The Mythbusters are determining if an airplane can take off from a moving conveyor belt. Tory, Kari, and Grant are also testing to see how well cockroaches and other insects can survive nuclear radiation. Science topics explored include relative motion, lift, thrust, radiation, genetic mutation, rads, radiation exposure, animal experimentation, bioethics, and radiation dosage.
The Mythbuster team investigates the claim that with just a few household parts, anyone can make a device that floats above the ground (a hovercraft). Adam and Jamie explore the myth that by jumping up at the last second, you can survive a catastrophic elevator fall. Science concepts include relative motion, pull of gravity, falling bodies, free fall, air pressure, center of gravity, acceleration due to gravity, friction, and drag. The following DVD sets are identical. They both contain the episode.
Adam and Jamie apply Newton’s Third Law to see if two objects heading towards each other at 50 mph have the same kinetic energy as one car travelling into a wall at 100 mph. The rest of the team explores the numerous variables involved when attempting to knock someone out of their socks. Scientific concepts include Newton’s Third Law, kinetic energy, mass, velocity, impact force, momentum, relative motion, acceleration, g-loads, transverse momentum, impact energy distribution, elastic and inelastic collisions, friction, and inertia.
Adam and Jamie test various means that spies use to escape their pursuers in the movies. These include the testing of road spikes, oil slicks, and smoke screens. Kari, Grant, and Tory fire a soccer ball out of the back of a moving truck to try and create the illusion that it falls straight down. This is relative motion at its finest! Scientific concepts include low pressure zones, low frictional coefficients, vector addition, net forces, vector cancellation, zero net forces, relative motion, energy cancellation, and calibration testing.